Mobile Worktable

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Blog series by DonnyBahama updated 08-22-2011 09:58 AM 5 parts 13481 reads 8 comments total

Part 1: Rolling worktable design

06-26-2011 11:10 PM by DonnyBahama | 2 comments »

As I said previously, an incredibly generous guy is giving me his cabinet saw in return for me building him a mobile worktable. Due to his vertigo, he needs a fairly high work surface. I had him hold out his hands at the desired height and measured. It was 44” so that’s reflected in my design. The model for this work table is one I saw on The New Yankee Workshop – but I made a few improvements. The pull-rope that raises the caster jacks (thus retracting the casters) is pe...

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Part 2: Scenes from the project in-progress (part 1)

07-11-2011 10:10 AM by DonnyBahama | 4 comments »

The work station – where sheet goods are cut down to manageable sizes using a couple of clamp-n-guides and a circular saw. Also where wood is measured and marked before transferring it to the table saw to be ripped or cross-cut. The tool station – which forms a nice triangle with the workstation and table saw. The big plastic tub on the ground is full of clamps. My dust collector (Harbor Freight) – the only bad thing I have to say about this thing is that it doesn̵...

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Part 3: Scenes from the project in-progress (part 2)

07-12-2011 07:10 PM by DonnyBahama | 0 comments »

I didn’t get a lot done yesterday; I got there late (had a personal fire to put out) and Nick likes to close up shop at dinner time. (He worries about the noise bothering the neighbors.) It took me ages to find the high spots on the phenolic zero-clearance insert. (The one that’s custom made by Grizzly for this specific saw model!!!) I’ve always made my own in the past (and will in the future!) but this one was on hand, so I gave it a shot. Needless to say, I do NOT recom...

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Part 4: Scenes from the project in-progress (part 4)

07-23-2011 09:11 AM by DonnyBahama | 2 comments »

Well, the table is on its feet now. The caster jacks work, but not well. A number of problems have come up – which Norm failed to mention or caution me about. There needs to be some slackl/space between the various pieces that make up the retractable casters… Norm says the caster panels should tuck under (and be suported by) the end stretchers (which they’re hinged to) – but without a little slack there, the caster panel doesn’t flop all the way down (which in tu...

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Part 5: Finishing up

08-22-2011 09:58 AM by DonnyBahama | 0 comments »

The top is on and the end supports for the flip-up wing are in place… I also added a footrest (as you can see in the picture above) since the owner intends to sit at the worktable sometimes. The caster jacks gave me trouble all the way to the end – until I realized that the lift-jack simplifies and fixes everything (<<< turn your speakers up – the volume on this is pretty poor. Sorry – it was shot with my iPhone.) I edged the tabletop and flip-up wing...

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